Ethyl acrylate is a clear and colourless flammable liquid with a distinctive acrid odour. It is slightly soluble in water and miscible with most organic solvents. It is suitable for the production of polymers and also used as a raw material for a variety of syntheses. It polymerizes readily, exhibiting a wide range of properties, depending on the monomer and reaction conditions selected.
Synonyms: 2-Propenoic Acid, 2-988, Fema 2418, NCI-C50384, carboset511, Carboset 511, Ethylakrylat, etilacrilato, ethylacrylat, CH2=CHCOOC2H5, Ethylacrylaat
Applications of Ethyl Acrylate
Ethyl acrylate is used in the manufacture of homopolymers and copolymers. It can be copolymerized with acrylic acid and its salts, amides, esters , acrylamide, methacrylic acid, methacrylates, acrylonitrile, maleates, vinyl acetate, vinyl chloride, vinylidene chloride, styrene, butadiene, unsaturated polyesters and drying oils.
Ethyl acrylate is used in a number of end products such as water-based latex paints and adhesives, textile and paper coatings, leather finish resins, especially for nubuck and suede, and construction and pressure-sensitive adhesives. In latex paint formulations it offers low temperature flexibility, good weathering, water and sunlight resistance.
Storage and Handling
Ethyl acrylate is highly flammable and must be kept away from heat, sparks or flame. Contact with the liquid may cause skin and eye irritation or burns. The vapour is an irritant when inhaled in high concentrations and may cause drowsiness, nausea or headache. Ethyl acrylate is a confirmed carcinogen. Standard safety precautions including ventilation and the wearing of personal protective equipment and eye goggles must be observed.
Ethyl acrylate must contain a stabilizer and should be stored under air rather than inert gases to prevent polymerization. Storage temperature must not exceed 35°C. Provided these storage conditions are properly maintained, the product can be expected to remain stable for a period of one year.
The product must be stored, handled, distributed and disposed of in strict accordance with national laws and directives, as well as any applicable local regulations. Ensure the container is tightly closed. More detailed information is available in the brochure ‘SAFE HANDLING AND STORAGE OF ACRYLIC ESTERS’, from the European Basic Acrylic Monomers Manufacturers Association (EBAM).